2024 Fasting & Prayer

January 7th - 27th

Faithfulness is our theme this year.

The goal of fasting & prayer is to draw near to God.  

It hits the reset button of our souls and renews us from the inside out.

Fasting enables us to celebrate the goodness and mercy of God.  

It prepares us for all the great things God wants to bring into our lives.

When deciding on a fast, we encourage you to seek God in prayer and follow what the Holy Spirit leads you to do.

21 Day Reading & Prayer List

Book Reader

Information about Fasting

Please remember that the timing of your fast is not as important as the strength of your focus on God as you fast.

  • Complete Fast

    In this type of fast, you drink only liquids, typically water with light juices as an option.

    Selective Fast

    This type of fast involves removing certain elements from your diet. One example of a selective fast is the Daniel Fast, during which you remove meat, sweets, and bread from your diet and consume water and juice for fluids and fruits and vegetables for food.

    Partial Fast

    This fast is sometimes called the “Jewish Fast” and involves abstaining from eating any type of food in the morning and afternoon. This can either correlate to specific times of the day, such as 6:00 am to 3:00 pm, or from sunup to sundown.

    Soul Fast

    This fast is a great option if you do not have much experience fasting food, have health issues that prevent you from fasting food, or if you wish to refocus certain areas of your life that are out of balance.

    For example, you might choose to stop using social media or watching television for the duration of the fast and then carefully bring that element back into your life in healthy doses at the conclusion of the fast.

  • Matthew 6:16-18 New International Version (NIV)

    16 When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show others they are fasting. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. 17 But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, 18 so that it will not be obvious to others that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen; and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.

    Matthew 9:14-15 New International Version (NIV)

    14 Then John’s disciples came and asked him, “How is it that we and the Pharisees fast often, but your disciples do not fast?”

    15 Jesus answered, “How can the guests of the bridegroom mourn while he is with them? The time will come when the bridegroom will be taken from them; then they will fast.”

    Luke 18:9-14 New International Version (NIV)

    9 To some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everyone else, Jesus told this parable: 10 “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11 The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other people—robbers, evildoers, adulterers—or even like this tax collector. 12 I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.’

    13 “But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’

    14 “I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”

    Acts 27:33-37 New International Version (NIV)

    33 Just before dawn Paul urged them all to eat. “For the last fourteen days,” he said, “you have been in constant suspense and have gone without food—you haven’t eaten anything. 34 Now I urge you to take some food. You need it to survive. Not one of you will lose a single hair from his head.” 35 After he said this, he took some bread and gave thanks to God in front of them all. Then he broke it and began to eat. 36 They were all encouraged and ate some food themselves. 37 Altogether there were 276 of us on board.

    Nehemiah 9:1-3 New International Version (NIV)

    1On the twenty-fourth day of the same month, the Israelites gathered together, fasting and wearing sackcloth and putting dust on their heads. 2 Those of Israelite descent had separated themselves from all foreigners. They stood in their places and confessed their sins and the sins of their ancestors. 3 They stood where they were and read from the Book of the Law of the Lord their God for a quarter of the day, and spent another quarter in confession and in worshiping the Lord their God.

  • How you begin and conduct your fast will largely determine your success. By following these seven basic steps to fasting, you will make your time with the Lord more meaningful and spiritually rewarding.

    Step 1: Set an Objective for Your Fast

    Why are you fasting? Is it for spiritual renewal? For guidance? For healing? For the resolution of problems? For special grace to handle a difficult situation? Ask the Holy Spirit to clarify what He wants you to take away from this time. This will enable you to pray more specifically and strategically.

    Through fasting and prayer, we humble ourselves before God so the Holy Spirit will stir our souls, awaken our churches and heal our land according to 2 Chronicles 7:14. Make this a priority in your fasting.

    Step 2: Commit to Your Fast

    Pray about the kind of fast you should undertake. Jesus implied that all of His followers should fast (Matthew 6:16-18; 9:14-15). For Him, it was a matter of when, not if, believers would fast. Before you fast, decide the following:

    • How long you will fast — one meal, one day, a week, several weeks, forty days? (Start slowly and build up to longer fasts.)
    • The type of fast God wants you to undertake, such as water only or water and juices, as well as what kinds of juices you will drink and how often.
    • What physical or social activities you will restrict.
    • How much time each day you will devote to prayer and God’s Word.

    Making these commitments ahead of time, write them down and share them with someone you trust. This helps you sustain your fast when physical temptations and life’s pressures tempt you to abandon it.

    Step 3: Prepare Yourself Spiritually

    The foundation of fasting and prayer is repentance. Unconfessed sin will hinder your prayers. Here are several things you can do to prepare your heart:

    • Ask God to help you make a comprehensive list of your sins.
    • Confess every sin that the Holy Spirit reminds you of and accept God’s forgiveness (1 John 1:9).
    • Seek forgiveness from anyone you have offended and forgive anyone who has hurt you (Mark 11:25; Luke 11:4; 17:3-4).
    • Make amends with people as the Holy Spirit leads you.
    • Ask God to fill you with His Holy Spirit according to His command in Ephesians 5:18 and His promise in 1 John 5:14-15.
    • Surrender your life fully to Jesus Christ as your Lord and Master and refuse to obey your worldly nature (Romans 12:1-2).
    • Meditate on the attributes of God — His love, sovereignty, power, wisdom, faithfulness, grace, compassion and other qualities (Psalm 48:9-10; 103:1-8, 11-13).
    • Begin your time of fasting and prayer with an expectant heart (Hebrews 11:6).
    • Do not underestimate spiritual opposition. Satan sometimes intensifies the natural battle between body and spirit (Galatians 5:16-17).

    Step 4: Prepare Yourself Physically

    Fasting requires reasonable precautions. Consult your physician first, especially if you take prescription medication or have a chronic ailment. Some people should never fast without professional supervision.

    Physical preparation makes the drastic change in your eating routine a little easier so you can turn your full attention to the Lord in prayer. Remember the following:

    • Do not rush into your fast.
    • Prepare your body. Eat smaller meals before starting a fast. Avoid high-fat and sugary foods.
    • Eat raw fruits and vegetables for two days before starting a fast.
  • Here are some helpful suggestions to consider:

    • Limit your physical activity.
    • Exercise only moderately. Walk one to three miles each day if convenient and comfortable.
    • Prepare yourself for temporary mental discomforts, such as impatience, crankiness and anxiety.
    • Expect some physical discomforts, especially on the second day. You may have fleeting hunger pains or dizziness. Withdrawal from caffeine and sugar may cause headaches. Physical annoyances may also include weakness, tiredness or sleeplessness.

    The first two or three days are usually the hardest. As you continue fasting, you are likely to experience a sense of well-being both physically and spiritually. However, should you feel hunger pains, increase your liquid intake.

    A Sample Schedule

    For maximum spiritual benefit, set aside ample time to be alone with the Lord. Listen for His leading. The more time you spend with Him, the more meaningful your fast will be.


    • Begin your day in praise and worship.
    • Read and meditate on God’s Word, preferably on your knees.
    • Invite the Holy Spirit to work in you to will and to do His good pleasure according to Philippians 2:13.
    • Invite God to use you. Ask Him to show you how to influence your world, your family, your church, your community, your country and beyond.
    • Pray for His vision for your life and empowerment to do His will.


    • Return to prayer and God’s Word.
    • Take a short prayer walk.
    • Spend time in intercessory prayer for leaders in your community and nation, for the world’s unreached millions, for your family or for special needs.


    • Get alone for an unhurried time of “seeking His face.”
    • If others are fasting with you, meet together for prayer.
    • Avoid television or any other distraction that may dampen your spiritual focus.

    When possible, begin and end each day on your knees with a brief time of praise and thanksgiving to God.

  • Begin eating gradually. Do not eat your previous normal diet immediately after your fast. Suddenly reintroducing your previus dite/larger portions will likely have negative consequences. Try several smaller meals or snacks each day. If you end your fast gradually, the beneficial physical and spiritual effects will result in continued good health.